South Dakota attractions

Top Choice Monument in Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore National Memorial

Looking like they're either emerging from or being absorbed by the mountain, the stony faces of past presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – carved 60ft tall in the g…
Top Choice National Park in South Dakota

Badlands National Park

Pinnacled rock formations with vivid color bands, sharp-edged cliffs with tiptoeing bighorn sheep, and sprawling colonies of feverish prairie dogs are just a few of the images you'll find in South Dakota's most stor…
Top Choice State Park in Black Hills

Custer State Park

Mt Rushmore may lure travelers to the Black Hills, but it's nearby Custer State Park that often creates the most lasting memories. Not only does it boast some of the best American wildlife viewing outside of Yellows…
Top Choice Area in Badlands National Park

Hwy 240 Badlands Loop Rd

The park's north unit gets the most visitors; this stunning road is easily reached from I-90 (exits 110 and 131) and you can drive it in an hour if you're in a hurry (and not stuck behind an RV). It is the main thor…
Top Choice Historic Site in South Dakota

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

In the 1960s and '70s, a thousand Minutemen II intercontinental ballistic missiles, always at the ready in underground silos spread across the Plains, were just 30 minutes from their targets in the Soviet Union. The…
Top Choice Landmark in Wall

Wall Drug

Hyped for hundreds of miles, Wall Drug is a surprisingly enjoyable tourist trap. It really does have 5¢ coffee, free ice water, good doughnuts and enough diversions and come-ons to warm the heart of schlock-lovers e…
Top Choice Notable Building in Mitchell

Corn Palace

The Corn Palace is the king of roadside attractions, enticing more than half a million people to pull off I-90 each year. Close to 300,000 ears of corn are used annually to create a new tableaux of murals on the out…
Top Choice Park in Sioux Falls

Falls Park

Stroll along the grass-lined paths to the city's star attraction – its rambling namesake waterfall – at this picturesque park. Popular with amorous couples, it has a perfectly placed cafe and plenty of scenic overlo…
Top Choice Cemetery in Deadwood

Mt Moriah Cemetery

Calamity Jane (born Martha Jane Burke; 1852–1903) and Wild Bill Hickok (1837–76) rest side by side up on Boot Hill at the very steep cemetery. Entertaining bus tours leave five times daily, May to October, from the …
Top Choice Museum in Chamberlain

Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center

This excellent museum and cultural center at St Joseph's Indian School has Lakota cultural displays and contemporary art from numerous tribes. Check the gift shop for locally made jewelry, quilts and dream catchers.